Thursday, June 24, 2010

watching the triangles go by

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) humorist, writer & lecturer

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Saint Augustine (254-430) philosopher & patron saint of brewers

Mr Hattersley strode up to the fire, and interposing his height and breadth between us and it, stood with arms akimbo, expanding his chest, and gazing round him as if the house and all its appurtenances and contents were his own undisputed possessions.
Anne Brontë (1820-1849) from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Look hard at what pleases you
and harder at what doesn't.
Colette (1873-1954) novelist

And I think all Nazis didn't see themselves as bad people. I've never met a racist yet who thought he was a racist. Or an anti-Semite who thought they were anti-Semitic.
Norman Jewison (b.1926) director, producer & actor

Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense!
Comte de Lautreamont (1846-1870) poet

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.

Yogi Berra (b. 1925) baseball player and manager

Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
Mary Oliver (p. 1935) poet

Every life should have nine cats.

notes on photos:
  1. what a coincidence that triangle is the theme for this week! turns out that I'm currently swimming in triangles. a client commissioned a kaleidoscope quilt as a gift for a baby expected next month - each block for this quilt pattern is composed of 12 triangles - go figure. on monday I was busy cutting triangles and now I'm busy sewing these triangles together. eventually the quilt which will look a bit like this (but with different fabrics). casa mouse, june 2010.
  2. parachute tower at coney island - check out all the triangles! nyc, march 2008.
  3. folk art at the smithsonian museum of american art - sorry I didn't jot down name nor artist of this arms akimbo piece., washington, dc, march 2010.
  4. viewing station by richard galpin, public art on view until may 2011, high line park, new york city. june 2010
  5. sign at the entrance to the memorial to the martyrs of the deportation a quiet garden memorial at the eastern end of ile de la cité. the sign provides a key to understanding the meaning of the colored triangles the nazis used for groups they targeted for deportation and elimination. if you have difficulty reading the key, go to the holocaust museum website to learn more about the colored triangular badges that the nazis used (faq#3). the mouse featured a triangular sculpture and discussed this memorial earlier this year. paris, october 2005 (by the way, norman jewison is not jewish, however, I do think the quote fits and offers some good mouse medicine)
  6. bridge crossing over the columbia river, portland oregon. april, 2010
  7. tasty triangles - a pie from totonno's pizzeria, new york city. march 2008
  8. mouse with reflected triangles from a bit of sharky street art, new york city. june 2010.
  9. tsuki laying on triangles - don't cats' ears look like sweet fuzzy triangles? casa mouse, june 2010


Brian Miller said...

ha. nicely done...i want some of those pizza tsuki is cute as well...trim for the summer? hair seems a bit short...anyway, nice triangles...brilliant shots as always. have a marvelous tt!

tony said...

You have got your points across rather well (as usual!)

Alan Burnett said...

I knew that this would be a perfect theme for your brand of photographic inventiveness. I was right.

Roy said...

Mmmmmm! Pizza!

Nice line-up of shots. Kim!

Mrsupole said...

Hmmm, now I am hungry for pizza and I will start the task with one piece at a time until I eat the whole thing.

Okay, actually I could only eat two pieces.

Great pics and quotes and thanks for sharing them with us.

Happy TT.

God bless.

Unknown said...

Beautiful photos as always, but I'll be thinking about that Yogi Berra quote all day--in a good way!

Dumdad said...

I've heard the Yogi pizza quote before but it always makes me laugh. And we're having pizza tonight by coincidence.

I love those Yogi Berra quotes like:

"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."

"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

And all your pix and quotes are top drawer, comme d'habitude.

RA said...

What a nice take on TT. Well done, even if I now can't get the pizza out of my head... :D

AngelMay said...

Ahhh.... pizza! One of my favorite "almost" triangles! :)

Steve Reed said...

Your photo of that piece from the High Line turned out really well. It's hard to get the full effect from a picture, but yours comes close!

Gary said...

Oh boy, you are good at finding the triangles. But this post mostly made me want some pizza.

Betsy Brock said...

You're making a quilt? You have more talents than I knew! How wonderful...make sure we see it when it's finished!

now...any pizza left?

karen said...

Your kitty is very brave on the ironing board. What a sweet face.
The pizza photo is making me hungry...
Loved your quotes today. Is that your new camera?
Thanks so much for your wonderful links and comments today. And for stopping by.

Watson said...

The colours just leapt out and made me smile! :-)Thank you.

PattiKen said...

I really like the pictures, and the quotes you chose are perfect. Especially the Yogi Berra one. I'm with him.

Baino said...

It's lunchtime here and now I want pizza! Great triangles

Anonymous said...

I love the photographs! The quotes are very inspiring as well :)